Lobos Wrap up Non-Conf. Play in California
Sept. 19, 2012
Who: Lobos at UC Riverside (Friday, 8 p.m.) and UC Davis (Sunday, 11 a.m.)
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Albuquerque, N.M.--- The University of New Mexico women's soccer team will look to push past the .500 mark as UNM finishes up conference play with the UC Riverside Tournament. The Lobos will take on host UC Riverside on Friday night at 8 p.m. Mountain Time, and then UC Davis on Sunday at 11 a.m. before returning back to Albuquerque.
NEW MEXICO AT A GLANCE: New Mexico is 4-4-1 on the season, finally getting back to .500 on the season for the first time since the first game of the year, when UNM was 0-0-1 after a tie with TCU. New Mexico has won four of its last five matches, the latest coming on a 1-0 double overtime win over New Mexico State at the UNM Soccer Complex.
Rachel Montoya leads the way with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while Jordan Craig has three goals and an assist for seven points. Natalie Jenks and Liz Nare are in third on the squad with a goal and two assists for four points each.
Kelli Cornell has played every minute in goal, recording two shutouts and 22 saves along with a 1.18 goals against average.
UC RIVERSIDE AT A GLANCE: The Bears are 4-3-2 on the season, and they are coming off a 1-0 loss to the University of San Francisco. UCR is 2-2-1 at home, and the only common opponent with UNM is New Mexico State, who Riverside tied 1-1 on August 31. Celina Valencia leads the way with three goals and an assist for seven points. Jessica White has played every minute in net with a 1.35 goals against average and no shutouts.
UC DAVIS AT A GLANCE: The Aggies are 4-3-1 on the season after dropping back-to-back 1-0 decisions, to Saint Mary's and Cal State Bakersfield, in the Saint Mary's Tournament. UC Davis has 2-1 wins over fellow MW members Nevada and Fresno State. Davis is lead offensively by Ashley Edwards with four goals, and Kiele Argente with two goals and three assists. Taylor Jern is the main keeper with one shutout and a 0.84 goals against average.
COACH VELA: The Lobos are led by Coach Kit Vela, who is in her 12th year at New Mexico and carries a 97-85-39 record into the Husker Classic.
LOBOS TO WATCH: Liz Nare was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week after the Lobos posted their second shutout of the season on Sunday. In the 1-0 double overtime win, UNM allowed just three shots, none closer than 25 yards, and Nare assisted on the game-winning goal.
Kelli Cornell has two shutouts in her last three games, and has lowered her GAA to 1.18.
Elba Holguin scored the game-winner against New Mexico State, the first career goal for the junior.
ALL-TIME VS. GEORGIA AND FLORIDA: This one is short this week. New Mexico has never faced off with either Georgia or Florida. Has faced off with exactly half of the current configuration of the SEC (which could change by the time the game happens by the way). UNM against the actual SEC is 5-4-3, and against the current configuration, the Lobos are 5-10-3, going 0-6-0 against Texas A&M, which just joined the SEC.New Mexico is 1-0-0 all-time against UC Riverside, and the meeting with UC Davis will be the first one between the two programs. UNM's win over UC Riverside was a 2-1 win last year at the UNM Soccer Complex.
9/18/11 UC Riverside......W, 2-1
DOWN THE ROAD: The Lobos host Boise State on Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Mountain West opener, a game in which UNM will be attempting to keep alive a streak of 14 staight conference matches without a loss (10-0-4) and 10 straight home matches without a loss (8-0-2).